The United States Senate has appointed Congressman Deb Haaland as Secretary of the Interior and approved the nomination by President Joe Biden. She got 51 votes for and 40 against. The parliamentarian from the state of New Mexico is thus the prime minister in the US of indigenous descent.
The native voice played a major role in Biden‘s election victory in the southwestern state of Arizona. The historical appointment is also of great symbolic value because the Ministry of Interior largely deals with relations with the Indian peoples, and the management of federal land and national parks.
It wasn’t the first time Haaland made history. In 2018, she was elected to Congress as one of the first two female MPs of indigenous descent.